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GEOS226 – Introduction to Field Geology

2017 – S3 External

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Simon Clark
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E7A-12 Wally's Walk Room 131
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Co-Convenor
Richard Flood
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E7A-12 Wally's Walk 508
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Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
12cp at 100 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
ENVE117 or ENVS117 or GEOS112 or GEOS125 or GEOS126 or GEOS204
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This is a field-based unit with strong emphasis on observation and the development of mapping and generic field skills. Working in small groups, students produce local and regional geological maps to reveal past environments and show how these environments change through time. This involves the study of both natural outcrops and coloured air photographs of the region, complemented by computers using state of the art software.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Developed skills in geological mapping, producing maps at a range of scales
  2. Developed or enhanced skills in rock and fossil identification
  3. Developed skills in using a number of field instruments including a compass and clinometer, GPS, tape, hand lens
  4. Developed skills in using and interpreting air photos for location, geomorphic and geological purposes
  5. Enhanced generic skills such as team work, organisational, problem solving and public speaking skills

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Small (A3) map handed in 10% Day 3
On-line quizzes 5% 1 Dec 2017
Practical test on a traverse 10% Day 4
Class test (practical) 20% Day 6
Class test (theory) 40% Day 6
Participation mark 15% Days 1 to 6

Small (A3) map handed in

Due: Day 3
Weighting: 10%

Small (A3) map handed in


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Developed skills in geological mapping, producing maps at a range of scales
  • Developed or enhanced skills in rock and fossil identification
  • Developed skills in using a number of field instruments including a compass and clinometer, GPS, tape, hand lens
  • Developed skills in using and interpreting air photos for location, geomorphic and geological purposes
  • Enhanced generic skills such as team work, organisational, problem solving and public speaking skills

On-line quizzes

Due: 1 Dec 2017
Weighting: 5%

Two on-line quizzes prior to fieldwork


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Developed skills in geological mapping, producing maps at a range of scales
  • Developed or enhanced skills in rock and fossil identification
  • Developed skills in using a number of field instruments including a compass and clinometer, GPS, tape, hand lens
  • Developed skills in using and interpreting air photos for location, geomorphic and geological purposes
  • Enhanced generic skills such as team work, organisational, problem solving and public speaking skills

Practical test on a traverse

Due: Day 4
Weighting: 10%

Practical test on a traverse


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Developed skills in geological mapping, producing maps at a range of scales
  • Developed or enhanced skills in rock and fossil identification
  • Developed skills in using a number of field instruments including a compass and clinometer, GPS, tape, hand lens
  • Developed skills in using and interpreting air photos for location, geomorphic and geological purposes
  • Enhanced generic skills such as team work, organisational, problem solving and public speaking skills

Class test (practical)

Due: Day 6
Weighting: 20%

Class test (practical)


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Developed skills in geological mapping, producing maps at a range of scales
  • Developed or enhanced skills in rock and fossil identification
  • Developed skills in using a number of field instruments including a compass and clinometer, GPS, tape, hand lens
  • Developed skills in using and interpreting air photos for location, geomorphic and geological purposes
  • Enhanced generic skills such as team work, organisational, problem solving and public speaking skills

Class test (theory)

Due: Day 6
Weighting: 40%

Class test (theory)


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Developed skills in geological mapping, producing maps at a range of scales
  • Developed or enhanced skills in rock and fossil identification
  • Developed skills in using a number of field instruments including a compass and clinometer, GPS, tape, hand lens
  • Developed skills in using and interpreting air photos for location, geomorphic and geological purposes
  • Enhanced generic skills such as team work, organisational, problem solving and public speaking skills

Participation mark

Due: Days 1 to 6
Weighting: 15%

Participation mark


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Developed skills in geological mapping, producing maps at a range of scales
  • Developed or enhanced skills in rock and fossil identification
  • Developed skills in using a number of field instruments including a compass and clinometer, GPS, tape, hand lens
  • Developed skills in using and interpreting air photos for location, geomorphic and geological purposes
  • Enhanced generic skills such as team work, organisational, problem solving and public speaking skills

Delivery and Resources

 

No major changes since 2013

Unit Schedule

 

 

8. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AT LAKE KEEPIT

 

Day

Daylight

Evening

 

 

 

Saturday

Drive to Keepit. Buses will stop at Singleton for short break and Tamworth for supplies.

Welcome and introduction to the unit.

Hand out materials.

Field survival: water, hats, sunscreen.

Lecture on Sediments and Sedimentary rocks.

Area orientation and map and air photo exercise.

 

 

 

Sunday

Tape and compass exercise in the field.

Short lecture on fossils you may find during the day.

Conversion of magnetic to true north.

Draw up traverse (scale 1:2000).

Talks.

 

 

 

 

Monday

 

Complete tape and compass; trace between creeks

 

Short lecture on igneous rock classification.

True width calculation and stratigraphic columns.

Complete and hand-in traverse.

Determine formations.

Commence small (A3) map.

Mapinfo exercise. Talks.

 

 

 

Tuesday

Complete fieldwork for small (A3) map

Practical test on a traverse

Lecture on the post depositional history of the rocks.

Finish and hand-in small (A3) map.

Transfer traverse and small map geology to large (regional) map. Talks.

 

 

 

Wednesday

Examine a section at some distance from small (A3) map location.

Short lecture on cross sections and geological histories.

Work on large (regional) map using air photos. Complete and hand-in Mapinfo exercise.

Talks.

 

 

 

Thursday

Finish fieldwork by 12 noon. Complete large (regional) map.

Hand in equipment.

Class test and practical test.

Check all equipment is in.

Relax.

 

 

 

Friday

Clean up camp; drive home.

Buses will stop at Singleton for lunch.

 

 

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Graduate Capabilities

Problem Solving and Research Capability

Our graduates should be capable of researching; of analysing, and interpreting and assessing data and information in various forms; of drawing connections across fields of knowledge; and they should be able to relate their knowledge to complex situations at work or in the world, in order to diagnose and solve problems. We want them to have the confidence to take the initiative in doing so, within an awareness of their own limitations.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Developed skills in geological mapping, producing maps at a range of scales
  • Developed or enhanced skills in rock and fossil identification
  • Developed skills in using a number of field instruments including a compass and clinometer, GPS, tape, hand lens
  • Developed skills in using and interpreting air photos for location, geomorphic and geological purposes

Assessment tasks

  • Small (A3) map handed in
  • Practical test on a traverse
  • Class test (practical)
  • Class test (theory)
  • Participation mark

Engaged and Ethical Local and Global citizens

As local citizens our graduates will be aware of indigenous perspectives and of the nation's historical context. They will be engaged with the challenges of contemporary society and with knowledge and ideas. We want our graduates to have respect for diversity, to be open-minded, sensitive to others and inclusive, and to be open to other cultures and perspectives: they should have a level of cultural literacy. Our graduates should be aware of disadvantage and social justice, and be willing to participate to help create a wiser and better society.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Developed skills in geological mapping, producing maps at a range of scales
  • Enhanced generic skills such as team work, organisational, problem solving and public speaking skills

Assessment tasks

  • On-line quizzes
  • Participation mark

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Our graduates will have enquiring minds and a literate curiosity which will lead them to pursue knowledge for its own sake. They will continue to pursue learning in their careers and as they participate in the world. They will be capable of reflecting on their experiences and relationships with others and the environment, learning from them, and growing - personally, professionally and socially.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Developed skills in geological mapping, producing maps at a range of scales
  • Developed or enhanced skills in rock and fossil identification
  • Developed skills in using a number of field instruments including a compass and clinometer, GPS, tape, hand lens
  • Developed skills in using and interpreting air photos for location, geomorphic and geological purposes
  • Enhanced generic skills such as team work, organisational, problem solving and public speaking skills

Assessment tasks

  • Small (A3) map handed in
  • On-line quizzes
  • Participation mark

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations, and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Developed skills in geological mapping, producing maps at a range of scales
  • Developed or enhanced skills in rock and fossil identification
  • Developed skills in using a number of field instruments including a compass and clinometer, GPS, tape, hand lens
  • Developed skills in using and interpreting air photos for location, geomorphic and geological purposes

Assessment tasks

  • Small (A3) map handed in
  • On-line quizzes
  • Practical test on a traverse
  • Class test (practical)
  • Class test (theory)
  • Participation mark

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Developed skills in geological mapping, producing maps at a range of scales
  • Developed or enhanced skills in rock and fossil identification
  • Developed skills in using a number of field instruments including a compass and clinometer, GPS, tape, hand lens
  • Developed skills in using and interpreting air photos for location, geomorphic and geological purposes

Assessment tasks

  • Small (A3) map handed in
  • On-line quizzes
  • Practical test on a traverse
  • Class test (practical)
  • Class test (theory)
  • Participation mark

Creative and Innovative

Our graduates will also be capable of creative thinking and of creating knowledge. They will be imaginative and open to experience and capable of innovation at work and in the community. We want them to be engaged in applying their critical, creative thinking.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Developed skills in geological mapping, producing maps at a range of scales
  • Developed or enhanced skills in rock and fossil identification
  • Developed skills in using a number of field instruments including a compass and clinometer, GPS, tape, hand lens
  • Developed skills in using and interpreting air photos for location, geomorphic and geological purposes

Assessment task

  • Participation mark

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Developed skills in geological mapping, producing maps at a range of scales
  • Developed or enhanced skills in rock and fossil identification
  • Developed skills in using and interpreting air photos for location, geomorphic and geological purposes
  • Enhanced generic skills such as team work, organisational, problem solving and public speaking skills

Assessment tasks

  • Small (A3) map handed in
  • Practical test on a traverse
  • Class test (practical)
  • Class test (theory)
  • Participation mark

Socially and Environmentally Active and Responsible

We want our graduates to be aware of and have respect for self and others; to be able to work with others as a leader and a team player; to have a sense of connectedness with others and country; and to have a sense of mutual obligation. Our graduates should be informed and active participants in moving society towards sustainability.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Enhanced generic skills such as team work, organisational, problem solving and public speaking skills

Assessment tasks

  • On-line quizzes
  • Participation mark

Capable of Professional and Personal Judgement and Initiative

We want our graduates to have emotional intelligence and sound interpersonal skills and to demonstrate discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgement. They will exercise initiative as needed. They will be capable of risk assessment, and be able to handle ambiguity and complexity, enabling them to be adaptable in diverse and changing environments.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Developed skills in geological mapping, producing maps at a range of scales
  • Developed or enhanced skills in rock and fossil identification
  • Developed skills in using a number of field instruments including a compass and clinometer, GPS, tape, hand lens
  • Developed skills in using and interpreting air photos for location, geomorphic and geological purposes
  • Enhanced generic skills such as team work, organisational, problem solving and public speaking skills

Assessment tasks

  • On-line quizzes
  • Participation mark